Charcoal and acrylic on wood, 2017
My portrait work is about observing those that I’m engaged with on a daily basis and the relationships that are formed with them as a result. My curiosity about their essence is what allures me to study them on a deeper level. Former art student and entrepreneur, Najai’s independent and creative spirit is what drew me to create this portrait of her. I work in graphite and charcoal for their velvety texture, fluidity, and responsiveness. Their willingness to blend lights and darks and to softly shape forms makes them the perfect media for exploring my interest in humanity.